Seafood Safety Brochure

The Seafood Safety Fact Sheet Brochure contains a collection of informative fact sheets for a number of food safety hazards that may affect seafood in Australia. These sheets include a short summary on the hazard, its prevalence of outbreaks in Australia, the dose required to cause illness, the symptoms associated with illness, inactivation and prevention strategies, detection methods and the Australian regulatory requirements for these hazards. The hazards included in this brochure are as follows:

  • Amnesic Shellfish Poisons
  • Ciguatera Fish Poisoning
  • Clostridium botulinum
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Escherichia coli (Chinese)
  • Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) (Chinese)
  • Histamine Poisoning (Chinese) 
  • Toxic Metals (Chinese)
  • Norovirus (NoV) (Chinese)
  • Okadaic Acids/Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisons (Chinese)
  • Paralytic Shellfish Poisons (Saxitoxins) (Chinese)
  • Salmonella (Chinese)
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vibrio (Chinese)
  • Wax Esters


Food Safety Hazard Fact Sheet FAQs

The following question and answer packages have been developed to provide information to help the Seafood Industry answer questions on the recent Hepatitis A Virus and Scombroid fish poisoning food safety issues.  The recent Hepatitis A Virus contamination of berries is a timely reminder that food safety needs to be front of mind, especially as many sources of seafood are now consumed raw.


Perfluoroalkyated (PFAS) Substances

On 3 April 2017 the outcomes of a review by FSANZ, Perfluorinated Chemicals in Food, was released by the Australian Government. The review was held to determine the recommended tolerable daily intake values (TDI) for people potentially exposed to the contaminants collectively known as perfluoroalkyated (PFAS) substances.
You can find the FSANZ documents on the Department of Health website


Microplastics in Seafood

Microplastics in seafood are an issue of heightened public interest both domestically and internationally.  SafeFish have put together a fact sheet on the issue, and will continue to monitoring it as a watching brief. For more information on microplastics, click here.